Daily prompt : Are you being served ?

A couple of days ago, I wanted to buy a case for my phone, so I went with my husband to the local chinese shop ( in Tenerife we have several chinese shops where you can buy everything)

One of the assistants came to help us, she quite abruptly asked to see our phone, we thought her English was not too good that was why she sounded abrupt, she then told us she did not have one to fit our phones ( they are quite narrow) , but we were quite prepared to use velcro to hold the phone in place, she was not having this and put the case I had in my hand back on the shelf saying no good, I picked up another one and she did the same, so we decide to leave the shop, she then started swearing at us, as we were leaving telling us to f… off  that much English she did know.

Needless to say we will not be back, We were prepared to buy 2 cases, what did it matter to her if they did not fit , we were the customers ?

It was all quite upsetting.

What do people with wheat intolerance eat for breakfast ?

I am always looking for good ideas for breakfast, I really miss toast, and have not been able to find a good wheat free substitute that does not cost the earth.

So decide to look at something different rather than trying to replace bread, which has always been a disappointment for me.

I came up with this idea Polenta, I had never tried it before, it is easy to make, freezes well and easy to cook. also very satisfying  .

RECIPE

2 tbs olive oil or rapeseed oil

1 garlic clove chopped

1 small red chill finely chopped

1 tbs finely chopped rosemary, or herb of your chioce

150g polenta, (I use maize flour)

100g hard cheese ( Parmesan,cheddar )

salt and pepper

  1. Heat 2tbs oil in pan,add garlic and chilli,sweat for 1 min, then add rosemary, stir  to mix then remove from heat.
  2. Pour 800ml of water in a pan and boil take off heat and add polenta slowly, replace on heat and simmer for 4 to 5 mins, stirring all the time.
  3. Polenta should be quite thick, take off heat and add garlic, rosemary, chilli and grated cheese, mix well.
  4. Spread mixture in a square tin and let cool, then cut in squares.
  5. Can be frozen, to use later or can be grilled or fried, I usually dry fry them on my griddle.

This morning I had 2 pieces of polenta with beans and mushrooms, the polenta is crispy outside with a soft centre, and a little bit of a kick with the chilli, adds to the taste.

I would really like to know what other people with dietary problems have for breakfast.

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50 shades of blue !

These pictures of the sky and sea were taken from my balcony, I just loved the way it looked the range of colours, everyday it is different. This was taken on a day we had light rain, very different from Scotland when it rains there the sky is dark. You can just make out La Gomera, (another Island in the Canaries) in the distance under low cloud.

Tip of the week

Bananas

Bananas are very good for you, they contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, C and B 6.

I really love bananas they are probably my favourite fruit. We have lots of bananas in Tenerife, If you put them in the fridge they will keep longer. If you have got more than you can eat, you can take the skin off cover in foil and put in freezer, they make good healthy ice lollies, they have a really creamy taste similar to milk lollies.

You can use banana skin for warts and verrucas, cut a piece of skin to cover the wart or verruca the cover with tape and leave overnight, repeat every night till gone, I do not know how it works but it does.

Last of all you can cook with bananas, I found this great pancake recipe on the internet it is sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.( http://www.huffingtonpost.com), I have altered the recipe a bit because I am allergic to nuts and the recipe had used almond flour which I substitued for maize flour. I really like banana loaf but find it hard to get a good wheat free recipe, but these pancakes are a very good substitute.

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2 ripe mashed banana

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup maize flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

2 tsp. ground seeds (pumpkin,sesame, sunflower)

coconut oil for frying

Method:

1. Combine all wet ingredients ( banana,coconut milk,eggs,vanilla) with a whisk.

2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients ,oat flour, baking powder ,salt, cinnamon,  nutmeg, mixed seeds, maize flour.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix till smooth, it should be quite wet a dropping consistency

4. Leave to stand for about a min, it will thicken, if you feel it is too thick add a little more coconut milk or water.

5. Put a little coconut oil  onto griddle or frying pan.

6. Drop a dsp. of mixture onto griddle, the pancakes are ready when brown on both sides and cooked through.

I found these pancakes easy to make and delicious. You can have them for breakfast as I did with toasted coconut and sweet soya sauce ,or maple syrup, the options are endless.

Tip of the Week

Herb Salt.

I used to buy herb salt, but now I make my own it is very easy and you can control the amount of salt.
You need a pepper mill, which I half fill with peppercorns, use whatever ones you prefer I quite like the mixed ones, then I add rock salt about a teaspoon, then the dried herbs, I like to use ones I have dried myself, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, or whatever is at hand.
Give the pepper mill a shake and you are off. I find the flavour is much richer than the bought ones and it is cheaper too.

Day out in Tenerife

Had a really relaxing day out in Adeje village, only a bus ride away from us. We decided to have a drink first in this really quaint hotel, very calm atmosphere, lovely old decor, like being in parts of Scotland, even came across a singer sewing machine.
Went on to have garlic chicken (canarian speciality) in La Rambla it was excellent as usual. Very stress free day.

Face lift

A few weeks ago our neighbour had bought new patio furniture and asked if we would like his old table and 3 chairs, we accepted,the paint on the cast iron table was flaking, I did not think repainting was an option, so decided on fablon,at first I was very pleased with the results, but forgot about the heat here and look what happened. The fablon shrunk.

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A table cloth would have been the answer, but it is quite windy at times and they usually blow off taking everything on the table with them. So I thought I would make a cover edged with elastic so it could not be blown off, looks something like a big shower cap. I am very pleased with the result.

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